Thursday, July 5, 2012
The best example I have seen of this is Kelly Robertson's Death of a Corn Crop. His few pictures taken over a short time period show how vulnerable we all really are. This rarely or hasn't happened in some locations but is more widespread than normal this year.
I just got back from Kroger's and the shelves were more empty than normal. I have been seeing this increase this year depending on the product. Fresh fruits were most noticeable but there is less of any perishable product on the shelves right now.
I am irrigating a patch of corn down by the hog barn right now. It makes me happy because I feel like I am keeping that corn thriving more than the corn that isn't getting watered. I can't water the whole field but just watering that patch makes me feel good. I should have planted sweet corn in that area. I would have a bumper crop this year.
LuAnn and Brynn did pull off our first ears last night and it was oh, so good! There is nothing in this world like fresh corn on the cob right off your own plants. Sable marked the area well and the coons didn't get it. I was afraid they would while we were gone this week. My efforts to reduce the raccoon population didn't hurt any either.
The kids and animals showing at the Clinton County Fair this week will be in more danger than normal, too, thanks to the heat. Everyone is pretty cautious and I hope there will be no more loss than a few chickens. We always lose a few chickens to the heat during a very hot county fair. Sometimes we lose a pig or two or even a steer in extreme heat.
I know everyone is doing all they can in this heat to enjoy life but I do think everyone is in survival mode. Kroger must be the coolest place in Blanchester right now, literally. I wonder what it costs to cool that place for one day and how much of that shows up on our bill?
We had a very hot trip to Caoilin's third birthday party Sunday and to LuAnn's mom in New York. The crops north and east look really good but they are a month behind mine and really need a good drink.
I don't know if we will get it or not but if it were to happen, that would be really, really good right now. Even "cousin" Winkleman's elderberry crop could use a good soaker if he is to enjoy that wine he makes this winter.
Have a safe weekend, and happy 236th birthday to the U.S. this week.